Some sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and 15-passenger vans, often used to transport school children, church groups, and sports teams, may be prone to rollover due to their high center of gravity and narrow track width. After a driver makes an avoidance maneuver, he should be able to regain control of his vehicle or the vehicle should “slide out” on the road without rolling over. A vehicle should not roll over because of friction forces alone. A vehicle should not roll over on dry flat pavement. When a vehicle rolls over on dry, flat pavement more likely than not it is due to a defect in the design of the vehicle’s handling and stability.
Our firm is currently in litigation in a case (Mims v. Suzuki). Charles Mims was killed in a single vehicle accident while driving a 1993 Geo Tracker. Mr. Mims was wearing his seatbelt and was ejected during an on-road rollover. The Geo Tracker has a high rollover propensity and will roll over on flat level pavement from foreseeable accident avoidance lateral accelerations. The propensity for rollover can be avoided by lowering the center of gravity and widening the track width.
If you would like more information regarding the handling and stability of a vehicle, contact Greg Allen or Graham Esdale at 800-898-2034 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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